Swiss Rock Guides

The More Casual Berner Oberland Tour

May 2017, I will work out your preferred date of

the tour


Photo by Freddy - The view towards Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau

The More Casual Berner Oberland Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Grindelwald 1013 m., welcomed by your guide and take a train up to the

Jungfraujoch 3464 m. We ski down the Aletschgletscher or Louitor and or Trugberg to the Konkordia hut 2850 m.

We ski for 2-3 hrs.

Day 2

Climb up to the Gruenhornpass 3280 m. From there we continue down to the Finsteraarhornhut 3048 m.

We climb for 4 hrs. and ski for 1 hr. to the hut.

Day 3

Ski the Gross Wannenhorn 3005m,. the best ski mountain around, continuing to the Oberaarjochhut 3258m.

We climb for 4 hrs. and skin to the hut in 1-2 hrs.

Day 4

We ski down a great, long run to Munster 1360 m. where we take the train and bus back to Interlaken.

We ski up for 1-2 hrs. and down for 1 hr.

May  2017, I will work out your preferred date

 of the tour

Cost: Private Guide CHF 3,290.00 (1 person)

CHF 1,965.00 (per person with 2 person)

CHF 1,590.00 (per person with 3 person)

CHF 1,320.00 (per person with 4 person)

Includes: hut fees, 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners, 1 liter of tea, 4 days guiding.

Not included: Travel expenses to and from the meeting place, travel expenses like tram/train/taxi costs during the tour, lunches, drinks, dinners in towns, rental equipment and souvenirs.

There is an extra charge of Sfr 10 per day if you are not an American Alpine Club member or equivalent!

Skills Required

The same area as the rugged 7-day tour but less committing. This is a less strenuous tour and requires a lower level of physical fitness. A normal day will be 5-7 hrs. of uphill and downhill skiing in high altitude with a light backpack.

Participants must be strong skiers, PSIA level 8, able to perform dynamic parallel turns with ski randonne equipment while carrying a pack in all snow conditions: powder, hard packed and crud.

I strongly recommend alpine randonne equipment for a trip in Europe. My past experience tells me that even an expert telemark skier will struggle and have difficulty skiing with a backpack and dealing with the always-changing snow conditions. The telemark skier is usually slower in downhill skiing, takes more falls and therefore gets tired more quickly.

Advanced uphill skiing techniques, experience with ski crampons as well as basic Euro-uphill kicks turn in all conditions are a necessity.

I highly recommend doing a level I avalanche class with AIARE (American institute for Avalanche Research and Education) to have some basic Avalanche knowledge, transceiver skills as well as touring experiences.

Basic mountaineering skills are helpful; we may use a rope, ice axe and crampons. Bring only gear you are used to (brand new, unknown gear not ideal), broken-in in ski randonne boots, and the correct full skins.

If you have any concerns about your level of skiing, mountaineering skills, please feel free to contact Swiss Guides.

All of the above skills have to be solid and will be applied on the trip.

Reading for route description and guide book: Alpine Ski Mountaineering: Volume 1 or 2 Western Alps by        Cicerone Guide.

 

 

Photo Galleries about the Berner Oberland Tour


Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau


Skiing of the Ebnefluh


Fiescherhorn


Big crevasse


Photo by Freddy. The view from the Lauteraarhorn hut towards the Finsteraarhorn


Skiing up towards the Gross Gruenhorn


Skinning towards the Gruehornluecke

Click below for information on equipment and training plan for ski mountaineering in the Alps.

Ski Mountaineering Equipment List